I am Naomi Wanjiru from Kenya , I am a mother and a nurse by profession.
I am a TB survivor and a champion and my purpose is to impact positively on the lives of the people who I meet in my line of duty most of whom are affected by TB. I walk with them through the journey of TB diagnosis and treatment. I walk the talk.
The Global Fund gave me the chance to live again at a time that I felt my life was coming to an endwhen I was diagnosed with TB of the Spine. Through the Fund, I was able to access all the required medication for free and on time. It also ensured that I got the psychological and emotional support from Community Health Volunteers who are trained and supported by the program. Through this support, I was able to manage my anxiety of looking for funds to buy the drugs and the mental effect of the TB diagno...
Hello! My name is Aaron Sunday and I am a 27 year old public health specialist, global influential civic leader, public speaker, AVAC 2021 Falobi award-winning advocate, and researcher.
As a young person living with HIV and a survivor of TB in Kaduna State, Nigeria, the Global Fund has had a profound effect on many different aspects of my life. As someone who has survived TB, I am grateful to the Global Fund because without it, I think I would have joined one of the many people that would have been counted as those that have died from TB.
Also, thanks to the Global Fund, I have continued access to lifesaving ART, as well as a range of health services through facilities that they support. In my professional life, the Global Fund provided Technical Assistance funding to my o...
We want to take this opportunity to thank Timur, Clara, Anton, Erika, Mirriam, Rachel, Serge, Loyce, Maurine, Resty, and Marie Solange – the GFAN Speakers – who have shared their expertise, time, and resources and who supported efforts across the globe to advocate for a fully funded and effective Global Fund.
We hope that everyone will join us in thanking the Speakers for their energy and willingness to support GFAN members in their advocacy, for taking leadership in their communities and regions and for sharing their personal stories and experiences over and over with new and different audiences. Without their efforts and expertise, we do not believe that the last Global Fund replenishment would have been such a success.
As of July 1 2020 the memorandums of understanding came to end for our current Speakers and we will be starting the process of reconstituting the Speakers Bureau later this mo...
Erika Castellanos, one of our GFAN Speakers , took some time out of her busy schedule to share with us a bit more about her work with the Global Fund, the trans community, her family and the impact of COVID-19. Thank you Erika for sharing your work and story with us.
Over the past year, I have been involved in and working on a number of activities, at different levels and in various formats, related to the Global Fund and beyond the Global Fund in HIV and TB. A part of my work consists of being involved with different decision- and grant-making bodies, where I can bring the unique lens of trans communities and ensure that we are present in conversations. However, there are still too few of us involved in these spaces.
Every time I sit around the table at Global Fund Board meetings, it is both a privilege and an enormous responsibility. I can feel the weigh...
This month we took some time to get to know GFAN Speaker Mirriam Banda Chisamba, a midwife from Zambia. We asked her to write down a few words about her work and the importance of the Global Fund. Thank you Mirriam for sharing your story with us.
What work or projects have you been doing in the past years that support the work of the Global Fund and fighting HIV/AIDS, TB or Malaria?
Being a midwife in a rural community of about 15000 people who seek services at the health facility everyday is just the beautiful part of it that I am able to help different people with different ailments which include fighting the three epidemics HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. As a primary health care giver every day I address not only treatment needs buts also prevention and health promotion on the three epidemics.
I provide counselling services as well as screening, testing and provision of treatment (ARVs, Anti Tuberculosis drugs and Anti Malaria). I carry out outr...
Please find below a number of resources you can use for World TB Day. Included in the resources are a statement from GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev, links to Stop TB Resources, links to resources about COVID-19 and TB, and some social media tools.
Please note that given the current Global COVID-19 crisis, the language used below may be changed or adapted if needed.
Statement from GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev on World TB
The world today is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that is testing
the limits of our global health infrastructure. As the world comes to grip with this pandemic
and the resulting ramifications, it is important to not lose sight of the three
epidemics and the global fight that impacts the lives of millions of people
around the world each and every day – and has for decades and generations.
Today on World TB Day, lets take a look at the impact of TB, a disease that ...